Tai Hang Ramen
Fuji Xpro-2, 27mm, f/8, 1/100s, ISO 500
Tai Hang is a little area just around the corner where I live that used to be mostly garages and body shops, but it’s in the process of gentrifying, so you get a combination of garages and cheap hip restaurants everywhere. It’s a real pleasure to walk around, very colourful. I haven’t tried this Ramen place yet, but I will!
Sunset over Causeway Bay
One of the things I quickly noticed upon arriving in Hong Kong is the quality of light. In Shanghai the light was mostly flat, in France it often is too. Here the light is powerful and direct when the sky is bue, different but no less interesting when there are clouds. It’s a photographer’s delight as this sunset shot taken from the window of my son’s room hopefully shows.
To Infinity and Beyond…
One of the things that surprised me in Hong Kong is the constant presence of trees, despite the unbelievable urban density. It’s sub-tropical here, and you can feel it not just in the weather but in the surprising audacity of vegetation. I’ve taken to framing my upward shots with branches whenever I can.
In certain streets when you look straight up, you see the jagged edges of buildings nearly on all sides. It’s a very impressive sight and one that I’ve only seen here.
Walking the streets of Hong Kong offers tons of photo opportunities, but not just in the street genre. If you start looking upwards you see a whole lot of interesting lines and textures. As the only camera I always have with me is the iPhone, I’ve been shooting a fair bit of it these last few weeks. This one is from Causeway Bay.
Fishing by the temple
Fuji x-Pro2, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/500s, ISO 320
When I booked my canal excursion in Bangkok it said nothing about a temple and yet alongside the canal sits Wat Wayrurachin, a 19th century Buddhist temple. As we were cruising along I noticed these boys fishing, and thought that was certainly worth a shot (I don’t think I’d eat fish from the canal waters, but then I can afford to, which is probably more than can be said for these kids…
Fuji XPro-2, 27mm, f/4, 1/20s, ISO 6400
One of the things I find truly wonderful about the Fuji XPro-2 is how it allows me to do shots that I just could not do with previous cameras. At ISO 6400 the noise is so fine it looks like fine grain from the film era, and with the optical stabilisation on the 18-55 I can shoot as slow as 1/10s without issue. Combine the two and you get these kinds of night shots where the dark areas are clear, and the contrasts nice.
Down to Earth
Fuji XPro-2, 45mm, f/4, 1/100s, ISO 2500
In street photography contrast is generally a good subject matter. Here I was after not only the actual light contrast of the store vs. the streets but also the contrast between those massively expensive cars and those driving in front of them.
Fuji X-Pro2, 45mm, f/4, 1/13s (IS), ISO 6400
I love wandering the streets of Hong Kong at night. I haven’t been out in the rain yet, and I bet it could produce really cool shots too, but my outings so far were dry. This is the Olympic Stairs, not too far from where I live in Causeway Bay. Self-explanatory, really.
Münchausen in Montparnasse
Fuji X-Pro2, 85mm, f/1.4, 1/8000s, ISO 200
There are many interesting statues and busts in the Cimetière du Montparnasse. This one struck me with its resemblance to the Baron Münchausen in Terry Gilliam’s movie.